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What's New in Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships office - cal student central closure

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and Cal Student Central will be closed on Friday, May 18 for an all-staff meeting. We will resume our normal hours on Monday, May 21. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. 


summer financial aid disbursements

Summer financial aid will begin disbursing fee awards on Monday, May 14. Other forms of aid, like Direct Loans, Pell Grants and Summer Parent Grants will disburse approximately 10 days before the start of your session if you meet all other eligibility requirements. Contact Cal Student Central for more information. 


Year-round pell grant is back for summer 2018

Beginning in summer 2018, Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell Grant award each year. What does this mean for you? If you received a Pell Grant in 2017-18, you may qualify for a Pell Grant in summer 2018, even if you attended full time in both semesters. Eligible students may receive up to three Pell Grant awards between fall, spring and summer. In most cases, a minimum of half-time enrollment (6 units) in summer is required for awarding. Note: One full-time semester of Pell Grant equals 50% of your scheduled Pell Grant award.

Use the Summer Cal-culator to estimate your financial aid eligibility before enrolling. You may also qualify for a Summer Fee Grant to assist you with summer tuition and fees!  Learn more about the types of aid available and eligibility requirements for summer by visiting our Summer Financial Aid webpage

study at another UC campus for summer 2018

Summer aid is available to eligible students participating in a Summer Intercampus Program. You may be eligible to receive the same aid as you would if you attended Summer Sessions at UC Berkeley. Newly admitted and returning students are not eligible to receive financial aid for the Summer Intercampus Program. Talk to a Cal Student Central adviser for additional information and to pick up an application for this program. You may also access the application online.

2018-19 Financial aid applications available october 1

Each October the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the California Dream Act Application become available for the next academic year. It is important to complete your application as soon as possible to meet all financial aid deadlines. The application priority deadline is March 2. If you file after March 2, some types of financial aid may be limited. For more information, visit the FAFSA website and the Dream Act website.

Our staff is here to guide you and your family through the financial aid process from start to finish. Please complete your aid application and allow the Financial Aid and Scholarhsips Office to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional support that can support you in achieving your educational goals. 

Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for FAFSA filers for the 2018-19 application cycle per the Department of Education. To ensure the accuracy of your FAFSA information, we strongly encourage students and families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the 2018-19 FAFSA application. 



If you have not already signed up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to receive your refunds through direct deposit, you can still sign up via CalCentral! Activation may take up to seven business days. Until EFT is activated, paper refund checks are printed and held for you to pick up at Cal Student Central. Don't wait in line for a paper check this semester!


The Federal Perkins Loan program is officially ending on September 30, 2017 unless legislative action extends the program. To receive your 2017-18 Perkins Loan, the fall portion of your loan must disburse no later than Friday, September 29, 2017. If you meet this deadline, we will disburse the spring portion of your Perkins Loan next semester if you meet all other eligibility criteria. If the fall portion of your loan does not disburse by this deadline, your Perkins Loan will no longer be available to you this academic year. Please contact Cal Student Central in 120 Sproul Hall if you have questions.

financial aid and student health insurance plan (SHIP) faqs

All students are required to have insurance at UC Berkeley. Not all students or families understand how enrolling in SHIP may impact their financial aid. Review our Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQs page for more information on how enrolling and/or waiving out of SHIP may impact your awards.  


Money management resources available

Need help managing your money? Bears for Financial Success is a peer-to-peer program on campus to help you manage your personal finances. You can schedule an appointment with a peer mentor or check out our website for more information. 


SAtisfactory academic Progess policy changes ​

The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy changed beginning in 2017-18. Please review the SAP page for updates to this important policy.



Beginning in Summer 2017, funding for consortium programs will include only UC consortium programs, like Education Abroad ProgramSummer Intercampus and for those domestic exchange programs where UC Berkeley registration is required. Any non-UC consortium program options will no longer be funded with federal, state or institutional aid. We encourage students to research programs well in advance and speak to a financial aid counselor prior to committing to any non-UC consortium program if you have questions.


This page was last updated on May 14, 2018.